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Return to Campus Life and Community

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The University of Windsor is planning for a safe and measured return to face-to-face programming and on campus activities in Fall 2021, with a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. Given the continued public health risks posed by COVID-19, summer/intersession 2021 will be offered primarily remotely and online. As has been the case with the Winter semester, in-person courses may be available in some programs where current health guidelines allow and learning outcomes require it.

Courses will be available for viewing on the UWinsite Student System as of May 25, 2021. The shopping cart for first-year students will open on June 7, 2021 for students to be able to place and validate courses. Registration for first-year students will open on June 14, 2021.

Photo of Robert Gordon, President and Vice-Chancellor University of WindsorWe're ready for a successful academic year.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone back on campus as soon as it’s safe for us all to be together. In the meantime, look after each other, and stay safe.

— Rob Gordon, President and Vice-Chancellor

Current Campus Accessibility

A limited number of online and remote campus services are available to support the University of Windsor community. While the campus and all buildings remain closed with the exception of essential services and critical research, you can find a variety of alternative service delivery options including remote online support, curbside pick-up and more. Visit the Available and Remote Campus Services page for a comprehensive listing.

The University of Windsor is currently operating on an essential services only model + approved critical research. To ensure the health and safety of our campus community, campus buildings are closed. Authorization is required to attend campus. Approval will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. For your safety, you will be required to inform Campus Community Police if entering a campus building.


Set by the direction of the Executive Leadership Team, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Deans’ and Provost’s Councils, the Action Group on Fall Return will work together, and lead Implementation teams to make sure our plans are fully operationalized. The Action Group will also rely on the advice of institutional experts and advisory teams to ensure strong flow of information to and from campus stakeholders and coordinated return-to-campus efforts.

Executive Leadership Team

  • Sets key priorities
  • Approves scenario planning and preliminary budget
  • Oversees  milestone achievement and contest-specific budget allocations
  • Informs decision-making around emerging challenges 
  • Continues to develop long-term post-pandemic strategy  

Deans’ Council and Provost’s Council

  • faculty-specific curriculum and program planning
  • co-curricular and student services planning
  • liaise with action group assist in coordinated planning, prioritization, and infrastructure planning

Action Group on Fall Return

  • enact, and coordinate integrated planning for the fall return;
  • key focus on requirements for student return;
  • members of the action group function as liaisons with their own VPs and unit

Institutional Experts 
Brought into planning or decision making as necessary; oversee mandates necessary to operationalizing planning; liaise with Action Group and with their own units

COVID-19 Expert Panel 
Provides expert advice on health and health-related guidelines; proactively alerts Action Group to new salient COVID-19 information and guideline changes.

Roles of the Implementation Teams
(Campus Spaces / Communciations / Ancillary and Campus Services / Unit Support)

  • Chaired by Action Group members
  • Operationalize action-group identified  cross-functional mandates with normal  VP oversight
  • Inform planning or decision making as necessary

Roles of the Advisories
(Teaching, Learning, and Student Experience / Employee Experience / Research and Innovation / Pandemic Planning Committee / Joint Health and Safety Committee)

  • Information sources and sounding boards for action group planning and decision making
  • Ensure campus stakeholder voices and concerns are addressed and incorporated
  • May form subgroups to work on specific issues

Action Group on Fall Return Teams